Special Issue Article
Priorities in social categories
Article first published online: 13 MAY 2010
Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
European Journal of Social Psychology
Special Issue: Origins of Intergroup Bias: Developmental and Social Cognitive Research on Intergroup Attitudes
Volume 40, Issue 4, pages 581–592, June 2010
How to Cite
Kinzler, K. D., Shutts, K. and Correll, J. (2010), Priorities in social categories. Eur. J. Soc. Psychol., 40: 581–592. doi: 10.1002/ejsp.739
- Issue published online: 13 MAY 2010
- Article first published online: 13 MAY 2010
- Manuscript Accepted: 14 DEC 2009
- Manuscript Received: 30 JUN 2009
In this paper we review evidence from social, developmental, and evolutionary psychology to raise a common question: Are there priorities in how humans categorize their social world? Are some social groupings more prominent in childhood, and more resilient in adulthood than others? We review and compare evidence from each field, with a particular emphasis on exploring the relative robustness of gender, race, age, and language as social categories. We highlight the value of developmental approaches for characterizing the origins and nature of social categories in adults, and provide suggestions for how collaborative research from social, developmental, and evolutionary psychology could inform our understanding of potential priorities in social categorization. Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.